A simple Mother’s Day gift guide

Here are the items I’m lusting after recently … perfect for Mother’s Day. (I’m thinking I might just have to buy these for myself since I’m pretty sure my hubby doesn’t read my blog!) 1. The Brooklyn Initial and Date necklace, via Bip & Bop. $60 with three charms. 2. I’m a maker shirt, via Amora Lovely Threads. $25.00. 3. Best. Mama. Ever. mug, via …

Top 25 ways to save money

25 tips and tricks to save money and cut costs

  In 2009 I wrote a popular blog post about how I made things work financially, while being unemployed for nearly a year and in school to get my nursing degree. It outlined all the ways I had worked to pinch pennies and after putting it all down on paper, I realized I was more resourceful than I thought. So, I thought I’d revisit this …

Etsy Shop: Posh Peanut

How adorable is this baby in this gorgeous cream colored tutu? I have been searching high and low for outfits for Ella’s one-year birthday shoot and I think I finally found the perfect store – Posh Peanuts on Etsy. Not only does she have outfits for babies to big girls, her prices are very reasonable and she has amazing feedback. This tutu above is $26. …

Fabric mail

The postman delivered this yummy new (old) collection of fabric to my door yesterday and I’m thrilled with the colors of the reprint. They’re a little different than the original line, but very similar. The first run was printed nearly a decade ago and became a very sought after line of fabric, with pieces selling for ridiculous prices. I had managed to acquire a good …

Restocking my art supplies

There is something very satisfying about buying new art supplies. I don’t know if it’s just the raw potential the each of them contain, or what. All I know is that new art supplies make my heart happy in a way only another artist could understand. I had a bit of free time today, so I packed up the baby and spent a good hour …

Featured Artist – Suze Ford

I met Suze Ford when she was an artist at the Madison Art Fair on the Square. My mom and I were instantly drawn to her booth, full of bright colors and whimsical paintings. I have continued to follow her through the¬†thriving¬†creative community on social media since as impressed by her kindness and continued creativity. Of course, my mom had to purchase one of Ford’s …

Ella – 11 months old

Well, this is a couple days late, but better than never. Ella turned 11 months old on March 27th and it’s taken me all week to try and get some good shots of her. She was not having any of it and I was trying to wait until the light cooperated (we’ve had a lot of gray days this week). Despite my mom helping, I …

Signing up for some April inspiration with Susannah Conway

If you’ve followed my blog for any length of time, you know the love I have for the very authentic, creative artist Susannah Conway. She is the author of a number of beautiful books, including This I Know – Notes on Unravelling the Heart and Instant Love – How to Make Magic and Memories with Polaroids, and holds a number of beautiful and inspirational online …

Painting with my fingers

After I received my new bed quilt from my mom, I knew I had to re-do the painting hanging above our bed, first because I didn’t really like it and second because it had pink in it and the new quilt was more in the blue/green/gray/black color scheme. So, I grabbed my trusty gray paint, a roller and painted over the canvas I’d made a …